Battle Beasts (1988) - #4
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Rachel 'Fuzzy' Haze
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Cover Date: November 1988
Cover Price: US $ 1.75
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Format: Black & White; Standard Comic Issue
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Bound by Ruhin, Toad, Gorilla, and Owl are regaled by Ruhin with his origin. He gained power by the Beasts' ancient ways of fighting, until he was defeated by the combined might of the Sunburst Warrior (seen only in shadow) and his ancient enemy, Soulspirit. Soulspirit teaches the Beasts the way of peace and gives each of them one of the poers of fire, wood, or water.
Toad, Gorilla, and Owl are forced to fight artificial duplicates of themselves who battle with twisted, unidentifiable versions of fire, wood, and water. Only the combined Sunburst powwer and defeat the Darkburst power of the Anti-Beasts, who are engulfed in a tornado, which is observed by Pirate Lion, captain of the Shocking Shark, who observes to his first mate, Mr. Slinger, than an ancient feeling has come over him.
Toad's team gets the other beasts to turn their combined might against Ruhin, and when they appear to be winning, Cuttlefish and Bat join their side, leaving Chameleon in an uncomfortable alliance only with Rhino.
Ruhin's defeat is only brief, so Cuttlefish decides to offer himself as Ruhin's servant, who responds by turning him into a statue.
At this point, Ruhin is shot and wounded in the shoulder by the cannons of the Shocking Shark, Pirate Lion and Mr. Slinger (Webslinger Spider) speaking ready for action in pirate talk.
"What is going on here?" the narration asks. The reader is promised that it will be revealed in the next issue, "Good morning, Sunburst!", but a fifth issue was never published.
For many years Overstreet erroneusly listed this issue as having color interiors.
No editor (presumably Stephenson) or letterer credits.
"Sunburst" is spelled as one word in this issue. In preceding issues, it was spelled as two words. The toy packaging also spelled it as one word.
Inks are credited to Rachel "Fuzzy" Haze and the Skeleton Crew.
Character profiles for Cutthroat Cuttlefish and Rocky Rhino. Cuttlefish is still a statue in the image used.
The title of the announced fifth issue is most likely a reference to "Good Morning, Starshine," from the musical, Hair by Galt MacDermot, Gerome Ragni, and James Rado.
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